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Aberrant Ceramics is the artwork of Aaron Nosheny,
ceramic artist and potter in Tucson, Arizona.

I work in the medium of stoneware clay and make hand-built pottery, sculpture, hamsas, ornaments, masks, and a variety of other forms.

Self-taught artist on the autism spectrum. I like monsters, insects, weird animals, body horror, horror comedy, Halloween decorations, fast food mascots, kitsch – and all of these creep into my work, but there’s really no overarching theme. I feel like I'm frantically birthing as many clay monstrosities out into the world as I can.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Ring of Dragon Eyes Cup WIP

Finished version of Eye Cup #39

The slab roller is finally fixed!  This is a slab cup without a handle, with four dragon eyes in a ring.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hallucigenia #4 WIP

Finished Hallucigenia sculptures

The slab roller is still out of commission, so this is another thing that I can make without using it.  It's another upside down Hallucigenia interpretation.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mystery Mammal WIP

Finished Doglion sculpture

The slab roller is used to roll clay out into flattened slabs and our slab roller is not currently functioning.  Almost everything that I make requires slabs.  I've become dependent on The Machines.  Fortunately, I had a few projects planned that didn't require slabs of clay.  One of them is an aberrant interpretation of this strange object I bought in a dollar store in Dunellen, NJ in the late nineties.  It's clearly a mammal of some kind and it has a friendly, dog-like expression, but it has no ears and it appears to have a mane of dreadlocks.  Is it a dog?  Is it a lion?

With the source object:

The doglion object from New Jersey:

Monday, September 22, 2014

Chamsas 126 and 127

Chamsa 126

Chamsa 127.  I tried a new glaze on this one called "Gun Metal Green."  I don't like how it came out.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Wiwaxia Contingency Plan WIP

Finished Green Wiwaxia sculpture

Even in the real fossil Wiwaxia from the Burgess Shale, broken spines were common.  Yet when I accidentally broke off one spine, I felt compelled to destroy the whole thing and dump it in the slip bucket.  I'm making several new Wiwaxia as a contingency plan in case another one breaks.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Again With the Wiwaxia WIP

Finished Blue Wiwaxia sculpture

My first Wiwaxia sculpture lost a spine and had to be euthanized.  This is my second attempt.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chamsas 128, 129, 130

Chamsa 128

Chamsa 129

Chamsa 130

One Eye Cup WIP

Finished Eye Cup #38

This is a slab cup with one eye and some long eyelashes molded from the seedpods of the screwbean mesquite plant.  I'm fairly happy with how the shape of the cup came out and I was very close to leaving it unadorned.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cannabis Cup 5 WIP

Finished Cannabis Cup #5

This is a slab cup with no handle and with three Cannabis leaves.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Eye Cup #37 WIP

Finished Eye Cup #37

There's a raku firing coming up and I'm making a few pots to fire in it.  This is the first one and since it wouldn't be food-safe, I might try the other ones without a handle.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ogrémoch 2 WIP

Last year, I made a Bust of Ogrémoch, the Prince of Evil Earth Elementals from Dungeons & Dragons.  I made another one this week.  I don't think it came out that nice.  Also, the head is a large pinch pot and the clay is extremely thick.  It would be a liability in the kiln and another large, ugly object to have around my shrinking living space.  It's too late to reuse the clay, but I'm considering breaking it down and dumping it in the slip bucket.

I decided to break it down, dissolve the clay and recycle it.  

Monday, September 8, 2014

Toothy Grin Cup WIP

Finished Toothy Grin Cup

This is a new slab cup using a new mold of a toothy grin.

Eye Cup #36 WIP

Finished Eye Cup #36

New Eye Cup with molds of eyes looking in different directions.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Tardigrade at a Lab Bench Project WIP

Finished Laboratory Tardigrade sculpture

I finally found the right size tardigrade and built the rest of the scene.  The items on the lab bench are supposed to be a plate counter, Petri dishes, a microscope, and a pipette rack.  The last one is especially a stretch, but they all came out fairly primitive and aberrant.  I'm not sure if this one will survive the firing process.  I'm not sure how I'm going to ship it.  I'm not sure if this is what the customer wants, but I'm happy to have one iteration of the project finished.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Right Tardigrade WIP

Finished Laboratory Tardigrade sculpture

I think I found the right tardigrade size for my Tardigrade at a Lab Bench project.  I wrapped this one securely and if it's still pliable enough, I'm planning on proceeding with the project the next time I'm in.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Smaller Tardigrade on a Stool WIP

Finished Tardigrade #15

This is part of a project to make a tardigrade at a lab bench.  I'm still working on getting the proportions of the tardigrade right.  This is a little smaller than the last one, but it's still not small enough.